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Zoomorphic Dan Guere Mask 20″ – Ivory Coast – African Art

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This mask was carved in the style of the Dan Guere people of Ivory Coast. The mask features a zoomorphic face with wooden spikes and cowrie shells surrounding the face. He was colored with multiple pigments and has a bright smile. The mask measures 19 inches tall and weighs 6.5 pounds. There is some cracking and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos. Stand not included.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

Ivory Coast

Ethnicity

Dan Guere

Material

Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber, fabric and cowrie shells

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

19"

Width (Inches)

16”

Depth (Inches)

7.5"

Weight (Pounds)

6.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.

Tribe Information

About the Dan People

The Dan are known for their superb woodwork. Masks are the single most paramount form of artwork created by the Dan, creating a bridge between the supernatural and physical worlds.
Read more about the Dan here.

About the Dan People

“Dan people, who are also known by the name Yacuba, live in the western part of the Ivory Coast and into Liberia where the land is forested in the south and bordered by a savannah in the north. The 320,000 Dan people make their living from farming cocoa, rice and manioc. Before unifying secret societies were set up at the turn of the century, each Dan village was an autonomous socio-political unit governed by a chief elected on the base of his wealth and social position. Today, the leopard society acts as a major regulator of Dan life and initiates young men during their isolated periods of three to four months in the forest. Dan people have achieved notoriety in the area for their entertainment festivals which were historically village ceremonies, but are today performed largely for tourists. During these festivals, masked performers dance on stilts.”

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